USA U21 Men’s New Zealand Tour

Auckland, New Zealand

 

August 17, 2012

 

USA U-21 Men – Match Report

By Mike Whitehead – Manager

 

USA vs. U21 IASP Men’s Development squad

 

Match Time:  6:00 pm

 

The USA U21’s continued play in New Zealand at the Auckland Hockey Association for their second match against the U21 IASP squad. 

 

The U21’s were out to clinch a second win and command the series.  The USA started off much better then their previous starts, controlling possession for the first part of the half with only a few chances.  The US was first to put a goal on the board off a PC deflection with Aki Kaeppeler passing to Tyler Sundeen putting the USA up 1 – 0 in the 19th minute.  The Auckland U21’s was eager to equalize the match and earned a PC in the final minute of the first half, but with a nice save by the USA GK, Chris Rae, the USA finished the half 1 – 0.

 

With the second half underway, and the score close, the USA and Auckland squads were out to earn the win.  The USA was first to score by a nice pass from Rutger Pruijs to Johnny Orozco who found Tyler Sundeen for the FG to make it 2 – 0 in the 43rd minute. With Auckland down the USA was put to the test by some good play by the home team, with a number of chances they finally converted a FG in the 46th minute making the score 2-1.  In the 57th minute Mike Barminski played a nice transferred ball from the right side to Johnny Orozco on the left, who played a quick ball to Tyler Sundeen in the attacking circle who quickly crossed the ball to Ranveer Kundi for a deflection FG putting the USA up 3 – 1.  With Auckland down, and minutes remaining, they pulled their GK and put an additional field player (kicking back) on the pitch putting more pressure on the USA and with a less then a minute remaining Auckland played a ball into circle which was unfortunately deflected off the USA defender that was whistled a goal.  The USA defender, along with captain Ajai Dhadwal, both contested the call.  However the umpire stuck with the decision.  The USA finished the match 3 – 2.

 

The USA U21’s will play their final match against Auckland U21’s on Sunday morning, August 19th, to finish the series and their tour.  They will travel back to the USA on Sunday evening to complete their final weeks of training before heading to Guadalajara on September 6th for the Junior Pan Am’s. 

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